Still trying to move that weight? Gymophobics Ladies Gym in Telford can help.
Ladies - remember your New Year's resolution to lose weight? Seems a long time ago, doesn't it? Maybe you cracked in the first week - or maybe, just maybe, you've stuck with it. You've cut out the snacks, chocolate is but a memory, and you've dragged yourself to the gym every day. So why is it that instead of resembling Nicole Kidman, you still look like Dawn French?
Firstly, dieters tend to choose cardiovascular exercise, which works the big muscles of the body, for example the legs. It makes the heart work harder to pump more oxygenated blood to the muscles, so the lungs have to take in more air to provide this oxygen, which is why you feel out of breath. However, while cardiovascular exercise might feel exhausting, the calories it burns are pathetic. Thirty minutes on the rowing machine burns just 300 calories. That's 50 calories less than a 100g slice of pepperoni pizza.
Second, your appetite may adjust to a gym habit. 'Your appetite goes up when you start to exercise,' says David Archer, lecturer in exercise physiology at the University of Sunderland. 'Your body is telling you it needs more calories, so you eat more.'
You could at this point be forgiven for wanting to forget the whole gym thing. And in terms of weight loss, it might not be time to throw in the gym towel, either. It could simply be a case of switching to resistance exercise circuit. Resistance exercise, such as working-out on air resistance machines, builds up lean tissue, therefore boosting BMR.
Long lasting weight reduction will only be achieved by a change in the balance between food intake and energy expenditure. What about a 30-minute exercise three times a week?
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